Correspondence: Day/Morning Star the Same?; John 12:31-33

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Ques. Is day star and morning star the same? In what way can it arise in our hearts as in 2 Peter 1:19?
Ans. Yes, both are practically the same. The Jewish hope is for "the Sun of Righteousness" to arise with healing in His wings. (Mal. 4.) The converted Jews whom Peter addressed had a higher hope—they are to reign with Christ. Correspondingly they have the hope of being caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and this takes place before the day begins. So Rev. 2:28, says about the overcomer, “I will give him the morning star." Jesus says (Rev. 22:16): "I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright morning Star." It is His coming they waited for. When He appears they shall appear with Him, and that is the day, but we shall see Him first as the bright, morning Star. The light of the truth of their portion is Christ in glory, and His coming for the saints, is the morning star arising in their hearts. We are waiting for its fruition.
Ques. What does John 12:31-33 mean?
Ans. "In His (Christ's) death the world was judged: Satan was its prince, and he is cast out; in appearance it is Christ who was so. By death He morally and judiciously destroyed him that had the power of death. It was the total and entire annihilation of all the rights of the enemy, over whomsoever and whatsoever it might be, when the Son of God and Son of Man bore the judgment of God as man in obedience unto death. All the rights that Satan possessed through man's disobedience, and the judgment of God upon it, were only rights in virtue of the claims of God upon man, and come back to Christ alone. And being lifted up between God and the world, in obedience, on the cross, bearing that which was due to sin, Christ became the point of attraction for all men living, that through Him they might draw nigh to God. While living, Jesus ought to have been owned as the Messiah of promise; lifted up from the earth as a victim before God, being no longer of the earth as living upon it, He was the point of attraction towards God for all those who, living on earth, were alienated from God, as we have seen, that they might come to Him there (by grace), and have life through the Saviour's death."